Arana Touch Junior State Cup Wrap Up
Arana Touch is very proud of the seven teams who participated in the 2017 Junior State Cup in Hervey Bay from 6th to 8th July. Special thanks go to our coaches and managers for the effort and enthusiasm they showed our players, we couldn’t have done it without them. Also to all our referees, as we cannot enter teams in these events without a referee per team.
Thanks also to our wonderful photographer, Ken McMaster who captured some wondering moments. Please contact your Manager to organise team photos.
Our teams play against some very strong associations who are well established and are made up of players from large regional cities/towns.
Overall ( 7 teams): 9 wins and 2 draws. U14 B0ys had 4 wins and 3 losses and narrowly missed making the quarter final.
U10 GIRLS – Brent and Mel
5-4 win v Noosa
Touchdowns: Reese (2);Tylah 1;Olivia 1; Tanisa 1
13-0 loss to BMTA (eventual champions)
2-2 draw v Rockhampton
Touchdowns: Priya (2)
3-0 loss v Palm Beach
5-1 loss to Coomera TD: Zara
4-0 loss to Bundaberg
Most Improved: Chelsea
Players Player: Olivia
Really great tournament and we have loads to build on
U10 Boys – Mai and Clare
Arana v’s Toowoomba Blue 2 – Won 5-3
Try – Miles, Jack, Blake, Jesse M, Hayden
Caleb dislocated finger – Fantastic start to the tournament could not have been happier for all the boys
Arana V’s Gold Coast A – Lost 8-1
Try – Oliver
Not our best game. They dropped their heads after getting scored on and the other team were very rough. Hayden, unfortunately, scored 2 tries that were disallowed due to phantom calls
Arana v’s Redlands – Lost 6-1
This was a fantastic game even though it doesn’t show on the score card they all played together as a team and didn’t give up.
Arana v’s Coomera Gold 2 – Lost 4-3
Try – Jesse M, Hayden, Caleb
This should have been a win and again very proud of the boys. The opposition had two try’s awarded off forward passes and Caleb scored a second try but was disallowed due to the opposition calling a phantom. A highlight for me was little Kade’s intercept on the opposition’s line which saved a try.
Arana v’s Palm Bach Orange 2 – Draw 1-1
Try – Miles
Very unlucky to draw this game. They all got a little tired towards the end of the second half which allowed the opposition to score in the last 5 minutes.
Arana V’s Gold Coast A – Lost 5-2
Try – Caleb, Hayden
This by far was our best game. With 1 all at halftime, I really thought we had a chance of winning. Our rucking was fantastic, the boys muscled up in defence and really stuck it to the opposition. We fell short at the end but was so very proud of all the boys.
Player of the Tournament – Miles (Listened well, improved after every game, best rucking middle, showed leadership above his age, going to be a fantastic little player)
Most Improved – Riley (grew more and more confident as the tournament went on, he listened well and was a great team player)
Special Mention – Hayden who was a top try scorer of the tournament with some fantastic left and right foot stepping to dive over and score. Also to Caleb for coming back after dislocating his finger to continue to play on throughout the tournament and ended up second overall on the score tally.
U12 Girls – Sam Zangara & Anna O’Connor
BMTA Red V Arana: Lost 8-0
Bundaberg V Arana: Lost 10-0
Rockhampton V Arana: Won 0-1 (Scorer: Ciara Jackson)
Gold Coast V Arana: Lost 8-0
Bundaberg V Arana: Lost 4-0
Players Player of tournament: Emma
What a great eye opener to the skill level in Queensland. Contending with bigger and older touch football associations, our club/team Arana competed with improvement throughout the carnival. The girls were a bit nervous to start the competition as the opposition came out hard and fast, providing insight into the high levels of touch that are present at this level.
As the carnival progressed the girls got more confident and picked up their intensity providing a more competitive environment. Even when times were tough at the start of the competition the girls would always be smiling and having fun. Although the carnival is very competitive it still provides a positive environment for all players, as the club bonding opportunities both at the ground and at the accommodation added to the kid’s enjoyment.
Huge thanks to all the parents for supporting me and all the girls before and during the carnival. Special thanks go to my Manager Anna who had to deal with all kinds of issues, I would have been lost without you!
U12 Boys – Jason & Danny
1 – Gladstone – Lost – 1-3
2 – Rocky Red – Lost – 1-11
3 – Bye
4 – Dalby – Won – 8-0
5 – Rocky Black Won 7-1
6 – Gympie – Lost 4-2
7 – Palm Beach – Lost 1-4
Coaches Award – Ty Crow
Overall improvement in all the teams was outstanding considering it is only our second year – you could see massive improvements fundamentally in a lot of the kids especially the ones that played last year.
U14 Girls – Nat, Geraldine, Suzanne
Round 1 Redlands Lost 10-1
Round 2 Rockhampton Lost 12-1
Round 3 BMTA Blue Lost 7-0
Round 4 Gympie Lost 8-0
Round 5 Palm Beach Lost 6-0
Round 6 Gympie Lost 5-0
Players of the Carnival went to
The girls had a rough start with Redlands physically and mentally… they soldiered on and improved their performance and with saving the best for last! They should be proud of their efforts the girls that they played against have been playing for at least 5 years our girls have only been playing for 2 years at the most and some it is only been 6 months. Overall the girls have bonded together and have made memories and friendships that will continue for years to come.
U14 Boys – Craig, Craig, Kath
1: 1-6 loss vs Coomera – touchdown by Cain
2: 1-9 loss vs Rocky – touchdown by Zac
3: 6-1 win vs Ipswich – touchdowns by Tory (5) and Ethan R (1)
4: 6-1 win vs South Tweed – touchdowns by Tory (3), Zac (1), Ethan R (1) and Max (1)
5: 8-4 win vs Redlands – touchdowns by Cain (2), Sam (2), Amos (1), Reece (1), Zac (1), and Tory (1)
6: 6-1 win vs Toowoomba – touchdowns by Tory (2), Ky (1), Max (1), Sam (1), and Cain (1)
7: 1-3 loss vs Palm Beach – touchdown by Tory
Overall 12th out of 24 teams in age group, 4th in the pool.
Player awards went to Tory and Cain.
U16 Girls – Gary & Jenny Madders
The under 16 girls were playing in their very first community competition and came up against the two grand finalists in the first two games which were a real test
The team was committed throughout the carnival and while there were no wins recorded the girls learnt a lot from the six games played and had a great time and experience
BMTA Red and Palm Beach were the grand finalists in this division and both defeated Arana 16-0 Following these two games the team improved
Lost to Hervey Bay 7 -1 – Leilana Weymouth scored our touchdown
Lost to Gympie 8-1 with Lauren Reed scoring
Lost to Bundaberg 6-0. Lost to Labrador 7-2 Jess Hughes and Georgia Browne scoring.